ST. PETERS, MO (KTVI)-- A Kansas City man who allegedly came here to pick up a 13 year old girl, was caught in act, authorities said; all because he didn't use his turn signal.
Dominique Carter, 21, allegedly met the girl through a smart-phone dating "app"; enticed her into sending him partially nude photos; then came to her house near St. Peters, picked her up and hit the road.
He didn't get very far.
A St. Charles County Sheriff`s deputy pulled the suspect over in the Harvester area for not using his blinker last week and wondered what Carter was doing with a 13 year old St. Charles County girl in his car, in the middle of the night.
"The only way the officer was able to come into contact with these folks in the first place, was the fact that the defendant committed a routine traffic violation. The officer was observant when he got to the scene," said St. Charles County Prosecutor, Tim Lohmar.
Carter allegedly waited in his car on the street for the girl`s parents to fall asleep and she came outside.
He allegedly told the deputy he was just giving her a ride.
Lohmar said further investigation showed the two met through the smart phone dating app Meet24.
"The defendant asked the young lady to send photos of herself and she did. That`s the basis of the felony enticement charges we have at this time," Lohmar said.
Carter is already on probation for burglary and stealing in Jackson County in May 2011, burglary and stealing in Cass County in October 2011, and attempted burglary in Lafayette County in December 2011; frightening to think what might have happened, had Carter used that blinker.
"There have to be lots of other incidents like this that we don`t know about...to me, the takeaway for parents of kids and other caregivers of teenagers and even pre-teens, is just be vigilant; you have to know what`s going on with their social media contacts at all times," Lohmar said.
He said it was also great police work.
Carter also faces charges of sexual misconduct and child endangerment in the St. Charles County case.
He's locked up on a $50,000 cash only bond. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
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